A little about Thilo

Thilo is a jazz musician based in Graz, Austria. He studied jazz piano with Olaf Polziehn at the University for Music and Performing Arts Graz as well as jazz composition and arranging with Ed Partyka and Michael Abene. For his exceptional efforts he was awarded several merit scholarships by the university and the city of Graz.

Born in Bremen, Germany in 1993, Thilo started developing his musical skills very early at the piano and later the accordion and french horn. Before turning 16, he had already been awarded 1st prices at international competitions, such as the Steinway competition in Hamburg / Germany, the Bach competition in Narva / Estonia or the Neuhaus competition in Kirovograd / Ukraine. At the German musical competition for young musicians (Jugend musiziert) he was awarded finalist’s prizes at federal level throughout many years.

Having had the chance to live in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil as a teenager, Thilo opened up to a wider spectrum of musical styles and decided to enter the jazz education program at Graz in 2012. Here, Thilo is working as an instrumentalist in a number of Jazzbands, Rock/Pop and Hip-Hop Acts as well as classical ensembles.

In 2013, Thilo decided to call some friends for a jam to experiment some of his compositions and arrangements. After a few concerts, the jam group developed into a band and soon enough the piano trio released its first record: Jazz in our own words (Self-distributed, 2014). Currently the trio on tour preseting their new release: Storytelling (Unit Records, 2018).